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Sola Amadi: How to Set Goals That Align with Your Dreams

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We are halfway through the year, and everyone is reexamining their goals to know where and when to adjust as necessary. For everyone to thrive in all aspects of life, setting and pursuing meaningful career goals is crucial for our personal and professional growth. But goal setting isn’t just about writing down our dreams, it’s about crafting actionable plans to turn those ambitions into reality. Here’s how to set your goals in ways that align with your dreams:

Dare to Dream

The first step in goal setting is to allow yourself to dream big. Embrace your ambitions without limiting your beliefs, focusing on societal expectations, or self-doubt. Visualise where you see yourself in your career; whether it’s climbing the corporate ladder, starting your own business, or pursuing a passion project.

Set Specific Goals

Ambitions become achievable when they are transformed into well-defined and specific goals. Instead of saying: I want to be successful. Be clear and precise: I want to achieve a leadership role in my department within the next two years. Specificity helps you chart a clear path and measure your progress.

Make Your Goals Measurable

To track your progress effectively, add metrics and timelines to your goals. Define what success looks like to you and set milestones along the way. Having measurable goals allows you to celebrate achievements, stay focused, and make adjustments if needed.

Break It Down

Big goals can feel overwhelming, but breaking them down into smaller, manageable tasks will make them less intimidating. Create a step-by-step action plan outlining what you need to accomplish each month, week, or day. This approach will give you a sense of direction and prevent you from feeling lost along the way.

Be Realistic

While it’s essential to dream big, it’s equally crucial to remain grounded in reality. Set challenging but realistic goals that align with your skills, resources, and timeline. Unrealistic goals can lead to frustration and disappointment, hindering your motivation to continue.

Embrace Flexibility

Life is unpredictable, and circumstances can change unexpectedly. Embrace flexibility in your goal-setting process. It’s okay to modify your action plans or even pivot your goals if necessary. The key is to stay adaptable and focused on the ultimate vision.

Seek Support

Goal setting doesn’t have to be a solo journey. Engage with a supportive community, network, or mentor who can guide and inspire you throughout your career path. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who share similar aspirations can be empowering and motivating.

Celebrate Progress

As you achieve milestones and make progress toward your career goals, remember to celebrate each victory, no matter how small it is. Acknowledging your efforts will fuel your determination to keep pushing forward.

Goal setting is a powerful tool to propel your career forward and achieve success on your terms. By daring to dream, setting specific and measurable goals, breaking them down into actionable steps, and embracing flexibility and support, you’ll be well on your way to turning your ambitions into reality.

Here’s to thriving together and creating a bright future full of accomplishments and fulfilment in our careers!


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Sola Amadi is a strategic communications professional and writer. She is passionate about personal development, leadership and strategic management. A #girlmom of three gorgeous daughters, she is curious, open to new experiences as well as a lover of books, music and art. You can follow her blog on and connect with on instagram @sola.amadi.